Stomach-To-Ass Fat Injection Earns Queens Spa Owner Presumed 2-Year Prison Sentence
If your plan to achieve Kardashian-booty is to take fat from your stomach and have it injected into your ass, do yourself a favor and have an actual doctor perform the procedure. Or at the very least, don't let 29-year-old Barbara Nieto do it -- she pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that she unlawfully performed liposuction on a woman, which caused the victim to nearly die.
The problem for Nieto -- the owner of Perfect Image Stethics at 40-63 Junction Boulevard and Bell Stetika Esthetics and Spa at 93-28A Corona Avenue, both in Queens -- is that she has no license to perform appearance enhancment procedures, like liposuction, and she's apparently not very good at it.
Nieto pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and unauthorized practice of medicine before Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron, who indicated that he will sentence Nieto to two years in prison and three years' post-release supervision. Nieto, who has been free on her own recognizance since her arrest in April 2010, will also sign a confession of judgment for $130,000 and will be required to pay an additional $50,000 in restitution prior to sentencing.
"[Nieto] held out the false promise of being able to provide her victim with a more attractive appearance. Instead, she nearly caused the death of the young woman by performing [a] medical procedures for which she was neither licensed to perform nor capable of performing," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says. "As a result of the defendant's actions, her victim suffered life-threatening infections and physical impairment. As such, the prison sentence to be meted out is more than warranted."
About a week after the botched liposuction procedure, the victim underwent life-saving surgery (presumably performed by an actual doctor), and was then hospitalized for five days.
The Queens D.A.'s Office gives the following account of the failed procedure:
According to the criminal charges filed against Nieto, the client went to Perfect Image Stethics for a consultation and was informed by Nieto of procedures that she could perform which would remove fat from her stomach area and then be re-inserted into her buttocks. Nieto told the client that the procedure would cost $500.
Scheduling an appointment, the client returned to Perfect Image on the morning of March 20, 2010, and was taken into a room where Nieto wheeled in a machine that was connected with several hoses. Nieto injected the woman with a substance that was supposed to help with pain and then, cutting an opening in her stomach area, used the machine to suction fat from her stomach area. Nieto then injected the woman in the buttocks with a supposed pain-relieving substance and then, making two incisions, reinserted the fat into her buttocks. Once Nieto completed the medical procedures by stitching up the holes in the woman's stomach area and buttocks, Nieto informed the woman that she would need follow-up massage sessions.
Several days after having the procedure performed, the woman began to feel severe pain and developed a high fever, which continued for several days. Finding it difficult to walk, the woman went on March 27, 2010, to Flushing Hospital, where she was diagnosed with bilateral buttock abscesses and underwent surgery. She remained hospitalized for five days. According to medical experts, if the woman did not seek treatment, she would have developed a septic infection which would have led to death.
But the victim who nearly died isn't the only person duped by Nieto's claims that she was capable of performing procedures she's not qualified to perform -- Brown says that based on "records recovered during the execution of a search warrant in this case, it is estimated that more than 100 people signed forms consenting to the defendant injecting substances into their buttocks to enhance their shape."
Nieto's sentencing is scheduled for August 8.
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